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New Gear and Electronics for March 2021

New tackle, accessories and marine electronics.

March 8, 2021
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The Columbia PFG Respool knit hoodie provides sun protection
Columbia PFG Respool Knit Hoodie Courtesy Columbia

Columbia PFG Respool Knit Hoodie

New for spring, Columbia has introduced its men’s PFG Respool Knit Hoodie. The company partnered with EcoNyl, which produces regenerated nylon, to create the Respool product line from salvaged commercial fishing nets. The hoodie features Omni-Shade UPF 50 sun-blocking protection and Omni-Wick performance-wicking technologies. Other key features include a scuba hood, thumb holes, and a sunglass-cleaning patch. Available in tropic water (green) and Carbon (blue) and in sizes XS through XXL, the shirts cost $65.

The Shimano Twinpower SW combines strength with durability
Shimano Twinpower SW Courtesy Shimano

Shimano Twinpower SW

Shimano reengineered its TwinPower SW spinning reels this year with an eye toward strength and durability to tackle the ultimate offshore gamefish. TwinPower features Infinity Drive technology, with a new main-shaft supporting structure that eliminates friction; a Hagane body and gear, X-Shield, X-Protect and X-Rigid Rotor. Reel sizes range from 4000 to 14000; the two largest TwinPowers come with Heatsink Drag, which rapidly dissipates thermal energy away from the reel. Max drag pressure ranges from 24 to 55 pounds, depending on reel size. TwinPowers will be available this spring and cost $479.99 to $639.99.

Gill gloves come in a variety of sizes
Gill gloves, clockwise from top left: Deckhand (short finger), Championship (short finger), 3 Seasons, Pro (short finger). Center: Helmsman. Courtesy Gill

Gill Gloves

Gill has introduced an entirely new lineup of gloves for general marine use. Deckhand, Championship, Pro, 3 Seasons and Helmsman gloves come in sizes XS through XXL; the first three styles come in long- or short-finger versions and feature a reduced cuff length. The full-finger 3 Seasons and Helmsman provide greater protection for the coldest conditions. Gill designed all of the new glove models with pre-curved fingers for better fit. Prices start at $26.95 and range to $54.95. Gill also makes a fishing-specific line of gloves that includes UV and tournament styles.

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Yo-Zuri's Mag Popper can target a variety of fish
Yo-Zuri Mag Popper Courtesy Yo-Zuri

Yo-Zuri Mag Popper

Yo-Zuri’s newly designed Mag Popper features a large bottleneck-popper face that pushes a lot of water when fished with stop-and-pop or fast-action-pop retrieves. The Mag Popper comes with a new patented weight-transfer system that snaps to the tail of the lure during the casting motion, allowing it to fly tail-first, cutting through wind for longer distances. When the lure hits the water, the weight-transfer system moves to the forward, swimming position and is locked in place by a magnet. Mag Poppers come in two sizes—5¼ (1¾ ounces) and 6¼ (2 7/8 ounces) inches—and eight colors, and cost $16.99 and $17.99.

Toadfish Stowaway Travel Rods help you fish anywhere
Toadfish Stowaway Travel Rods Courtesy Toadfish

Toadfish Stowaway Travel Rods

The Stowaway Travel Rod from Toadfish is a three-piece multi-action spinner with interchangeable midsections and tips, allowing anglers to mix and match pieces to create four different rods. The high-carbon graphite blanks provide sensitivity, and spigot-ferrule connections create a firm feel. Other features include patented Toadfish reel seats with rubber inlays and Kigan 3D stainless-steel guides. Stowaways are available in two sizes: 6-foot-8-inch medium/medium-light and 7-foot-2-inch medium/medium-heavy, both for 8- to 20-pound braid. For every Stowaway sold, Toadfish also replants oyster beds to clean up coastal waters. Stowaways cost $178 and come with a travel tube.

Plano's Z-Series 3700 Tackle Bag can stash a wealth of tackle and gear
Plano Z-Series 3700 Tackle Bag Courtesy Plano

Plano Z-Series 3700 Tackle Bag

Designed without zippers for serious saltwater use, Plano’s Z-Series 3700 Tackle Bag features a waterproof base, PVC fabric and easy-access attachment points. The bag comes with two 3700 StowAway utility boxes for customized interior storage. Exterior, mesh side pockets hold small leader spools and other necessities. The bag measures 10-by-18.8-by-10.2 inches and costs $79.99.

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Bubba Stainless Steel Pliers are incredibly strong
Bubba Stainless Steel Pliers Courtesy Bubba

Bubba Stainless Steel Pliers

Made with premium, high-carbon stainless steel and a titanium-nitride coating, Bubba’s new pliers can withstand extreme duress and resist corrosion. They feature carbide cutters, crimping cutouts, and non-slip grips and are spring-loaded. Available in 6½- and 8½-inch sizes, they come with a molded-polymer sheath and belt clip and cost $59.99 and $69.99.

The Garmin GPSMap x3 Series provides a hi-res view of what lies below
Garmin GPSMap x3 Series Courtesy Garmin

Garmin GPSMap x3 Series

Garmin’s new GPSMap x3 Series—743, 943 and 1243—chart plotters deliver higher-res IPS touchscreens and more premium features to the company’s mid-size models. The new edge-to-edge glass displays feature 50 and 60 percent more display pixels compared with previous models. The two smaller units also offer almost twice the processing power of previous generations. Sonar combo models (xsv models) provide built-in support for 1kW traditional chirp and for ultra-high-definition SideVu and ClearVu scanning sonar. These models also support the full Panoptix sonar product line, including LiveScope. Transducers are sold separately. Prices for the new series range from $999.99 to $2,899.99.

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Fusion Signature Series 3 12-inch Subwoofers bring excellent audio to the water
Fusion Signature Series 3 12-inch Subwoofers Courtesy Fusion

Fusion Signature Series 3 12-inch Subwoofers

Fusion’s new, revamped Signature Series 3 12-inch subwoofers complete the lineup of Signature Series 3 speakers and subwoofers introduced last year. Fusion says this series is the first in the industry to incorporate CRGBW LEDs—with five LEDs instead of three—to offer thousands of possibilities for customizing color and effects. These 12-inch subwoofers pack 1,400 watts of peak power to deliver premium low-end frequencies and high-resolution bass reproduction from a polypropylene cone. Offered in sports white and sports chrome grille colors, the subwoofers cost $699.99 to $749.99.

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